Dr. Heidi Gardner looks at competence trust, a common barrier to smart collaboration.

Smart collaboration means shedding that “go at it alone” mentality and joining up with your colleagues, partners, and even competitors to achieve all-star outcomes—everything from faster innovation to a sense of purpose for employees. It’s a widely recognized goal, but a number of common barriers get in the way. This article is the second in a series about these obstacles, focusing on competence trust.